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Covid-19: US considers entry restrictions for travelers from China


US officials say they are concerned about “the current surges of Covid-19 in China and the lack of transparent data”.

The United States is considering imposing entry restrictions on travelers from China, where authorities have abruptly relaxed their measures to fight Covid-19, American officials said on Tuesday (December 27th).

Infections soared across China as key pillars of the country's "zero Covid" policy practiced since early 2020 were dismantled within weeks, prompting US officials to worry about the risk of emergence of new virus variants.

The international community is increasingly concerned about the current outbreaks of Covid-19 in China and the lack of transparent data, including viral genomic sequence data, reported by the PRC

,” the US officials said, under anonymous, in reference to the People's Republic of China.

“Impossible” to follow the evolution of the epidemic

Beijing has acknowledged that it is “


” to follow the evolution of the epidemic and has even stopped publishing daily data on the health situation since Sunday.

The official figures were increasingly criticized as their underestimation of cases of infection and deaths had become flagrant.

However, it is the lack of genomic data that is causing the most concern abroad, making it "

increasingly difficult for public health officials to ensure that they will be able to identify any new varying potential and to take prompt action to reduce the spread

,” U.S. officials said.

The United States is "

following scientific data and advice from public health experts, consulting with partners, and considering taking similar actions ... to protect the American people

," they added, citing concerns expressed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as measures adopted by Japan, India and Malaysia.

Tokyo will thus restore from Friday the mandatory PCR tests for travelers from mainland China.

China's easing of anti-Covid measures puts an end to the mass testing, lockdowns and long quarantines that have upended supply chains and disrupted trade relations with the rest of the world.

China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that countries should maintain "

scientific and appropriate

" disease controls that "

should not affect normal exchanges of people


Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2022-12-28

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